The Five College Digital Stewardship Committee (DSC) advocates for cooperative, formal and informal digital stewardship projects, and, where feasible, advances solutions that lead to enhanced, integrated discovery and preservation of our local digital resources. The work of the DSC covers digital curation, digital preservation, and digital asset management, i.e., activities related to the digital object lifecycle and managing collections over time. The DSC ensures transparency, communication, and continuity between Five College digital projects and encourages and supports digital stewardship-related collaborations of any size between Five College institutions.
What we’re currently working on:
The DSC seeks to create a set of recommendations that would guide the implementation of basic preservation-consistent file storage practices amongst the Five College libraries, archives, and museums, including the Museums 10 partners. By establishing a common baseline of preservation infrastructure together we can gain experience working collaboratively; this will in turn enable us to move forward effectively on progressively more comprehensive digital preservation activities. Learn more in the attached Project Description.
As the institutions in the Five Colleges continue to make significant investments in the digitization of their unique resources and begin to collect born-digital material in our archives and special collections, the need to ensure the long term preservation and access of those resources is of paramount importance. Since 2011, the Five Colleges have been working together to develop a collaborative approach to digital preservation.
The resources on this page are the result of work by the Five College Digital Preservation Task Force and are meant to help individual institutions with their preservation planning.